Monday, September 21, 2020

Working with our spirit guides

 

Working with our spirit guides

Have you noticed any additional assistance coming from your spirit guides ruing this crazy time? Have you noticed new spirit guides bringing energy, clarity and ideas to you? Times of crisis brings even more communication between us, so if you have not been finding greater connection, there is still time to build them up. Do you know who your spirit guides are? I do not feel like I need to know all their names. It is natural that as we change directions in our life, that we acquire new guides to help us navigate our path forward form here.

Our team of spirit guides will always have some characters that we can more readily identify than others. Remember there are some we know as family or friends who have stayed with us, the ancient ancestors who are there for us and then there are the new ones we draw in because of what we do. Remember that where our thoughts go, ou energy goes, and that is one of the ways we draw them in. If there are others whose names you want to know, ask them. If you are getting messages from a spirit guide or have an image in your mind of one of them, they will tell you their name if you ask them. You may need to ask three times. If they are one of your spirit guides they will answer. If they are not, they will disappear.

When we are feeling challenged, and 2020 has had unexpected twists and turns for all of us, this is the time when we should be paying even closer attention to our spirit guides. In fact, one thing I can say is that they have helped me get through this year, helping me stay healthy and helping me connect with people who need my help. It is a blessing to hear from people both old and new, and that reaffirms to me that I am doing what I need to be doing when people tell me that they feel better after our sessions. You know that gut feeling we get when we are making a choice? We are always getting either a confirmation or a warning. We just need to follow those prompts. That is one way that we know that serves us well. Then consider some of the other interactions.

Have you had it happen recently that you really needed something and then somehow a solution was presented? Your spirit guides were looking out for you.

When you were exposed to a dangerous or difficult situation, and you came through it alright. That was them looking out for you.

When you felt inspired to finally take up that music, or art or gardening, that was them moving you in the right direction as well.

Here is a technique that you can try at home. Thank your spirit guides for all the good things they have done for you today or done for you lately. Now thank them for any new ideas they want to share with you. Ask them if there is anything they want you to know. Now watch. Do they send you a new idea or a solution to something you have been working on?

Take a quiet time each morning and jot down whatever thoughts come to mind. All those thoughts that find your way into your mind are messages from your spirit guides. And always remember that the clearer you state your vision of what you want to achieve, the easier it will be for them to help you get it.

Spirit guides have been powerful and true in steering me this far through life. When you are needing help, this is a source you can always call on too. It may be a source you have been overlooking.

Remember, this season is a prime time for guides to make themselves known as we are mindful of celebrating the holiday season coming up when memories and people enliven our days. That plus going within to make our best decisions from this point onward as we study and reconsider is a perfect time to focus our energy on spirit guide communications.

I always love hearing from you, so feel free to reach out if you are feeling moved to do so. Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, August 30, 2020

What are we harvesting this season?




What are we harvesting this season? The full moon in September has traditionally been known as the Harvest Moon, which always marks a powerful turning of the year inward. Why inward? For one, this is a great time for us to express gratitude for all that we have harvested this year. By any measure, this has been a challenging year, so our harvest includes new lessons learned and new changes that we need to make in all aspects of our lives. Helping and healing is vibrantly alive in our harvest in ways both big and small. In celebrating our harvests, we express gratitude and make note of what we will do to increase future harvests.

In our household, we are helping the farmers who have been affected by all the shutdowns by purchasing produce and flowers directly from them since many of their regular customers such as restaurants and schools have not been buying as usual, and the rules for going to the farmers markets are cumbersome. Wherever you live, you can find some farmers that you can support in this way too. This is just one more simple way we can help each other.

Second, a powerful thing to do is to express gratitude every day for all that we have received. I express gratitude for my health, for the clients that spirit sends my way, and all the other positive developments in my life, and especially for all the love in all of our connections.

Third, as the sunsets are showing up in beautiful orange colors because of all the forest fires that raging throughout the west, hopefully we will have some rains coming our way to help all the firefighters and perhaps a deep snow season to follow.

The full moon comes on September 2, and the Fall Equinox on September 22 this year. When I refer to turning inward, this is the quarter of the year when everything begins to get darker and the weather turns colder, as there is a decreasing amount of daylight from the Fall Equinox to the Winter Solstice. During this season we naturally spend more time indoors, reading, studying, practicing those things we want to improve our skills in, writing and making notes about all this.

Of course, because of the current restrictions we have been doing a lot of this all year now, and it remains to be seen how that will affect this holiday season.

This quarter of the year is packed full of our most sentimental and emotional holidays. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas/Winter Solstice, New Year's. People love to get together at this time of the year and bring the light inside our home or business to celebrate love, friendship and connection with food, drink, dance song, stories, humor, joy and seasonal decorations.

Usually that means lots of parties, and every year, my schedule is full doing readings at these special events and parties.

For the past several years, I have been booked for these big holidays by summer, but not this year so far. Traditionally, I have read at company parties with hundreds of guests, even some with thousands of guests, but with all the social distancing rules, it is unlikely all that will happen this year. Like all of you, I have to wait and see what happens.

So my calendar is still open. In the spirit of these holidays in this year, small home parties can be a really refreshing and welcome antidote to everything else that has been shut down. At least you can get together with smaller gatherings of your best friends, clients or family and celebrate your connections.

It is in keeping with the guidelines to do small parties in private homes, and so I have had a few inquiries along those lines. I am available for these kinds of events and look forward to working with those of you who are planning some sort of holiday party or event.

So if you have any thoughts along those lines, please contact me as soon as you are thinking about it because I always commit to whoever makes arrangements with me first.

My heart and the doors to my home office are open to all who need individual appointments, and I thank spirit for the presence of each and every one of you in my life. I have deeply appreciated all the love and connection I have felt from each of you during this year of upheaval and restructuring.

I am here to be of service to those of you who need me. I remove any obstacles to our being able to work together because this is who I am and this is what I do. I love being able to help you.

I always love hearing from you, so feel free to reach out if you are feeling moved to do so. Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Peter Kater's music & me


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Over the past 30 years or so, I have been blessed to have been introduced to the music of Peter Kater as well as getting to know him. Peter is a pianist, composer, producer, author and retreat leader. Beginning back in the 90s, I had the opportunity to meet and interview Peter when I was a professional magazine editor and freelance writer. Over the years I have heard him play several times in concert and written about his music.

One time he and I were both performing (I was doing tarot readings, and he was playing music), in support of a charity fund raiser.

Many of the recordings he has made (60 so far) are composed for use in meditation and healing, good soft music that makes a great background for massage, reiki, meditation and journaling. I use his music frequently when I am working. Recordings he has made with other world class musicians also make for relaxing listening while entertaining at home.

Peter has also scored movies and turns up in surprising places. For example, while watching the informational video at a national park, I was pleasantly surprised that he scored that film in addition to things you may have seen elsewhere.

Peter won the Grammy for best New Age Album in both 2018 and 2020 after being nominated almost every year since 2004.

And I am happy to share that I have also read for Peter. Here is his testimonial about my reading for him.

"My reading with Dan was a great experience! He is very genuine and his reading was clear, insightful, informative and very helpful. I've spent a lot more money on readings a lot less intuitive. I highly recommend getting a reading from Dan." ~ Peter Kater

Peter leads retreats as well as doing concerts, both in concert halls and in people's homes and he offers unique piano readings. His many brilliant world class collaborators include: R. Carlos Nakai, Nawang Khechog, Paul MCandless, David Darling, Dominic Miller, Tina Guo, Snatam Kaur, Tony Levin, Joseph Firecrow, Trisha Bowden, Richard Hardy to name just some. You can find out more about Peter and his music at http://www.peterkater.com

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Life without problems? What kind of story is that?


Of course, there is no such thing, and one of the greatest ways to appreciate this fact is that as we look back at what we have done and what we are happiest about, we remember our greatest achievements came after we had the courage to go forward even in the face of fear or doubt.

Look at where we are right now. We are being forced to do our business differently. Some people are now working from home full time and even though it is more convenient than commuting to an office, people still need human interaction.

Who would have guessed just a few months ago that our social time might feature walking the dog and chatting with others who are out walking? That is one of the healthy things we can do every day, and so I am pleasantly surprised to connect with old friends I have not seen in a while plus meet new people. At least we are enjoying good weather right now which really adds pleasure to the walks.

So the setting is just right for new realizations to become visible. Have you ever noticed that when you are more relaxed that your mind is more open, which makes it a perfect time for spirit to pop in messages? A perfect time for new creative ideas to just pop in and say hello?

What a perfect time to review our life story! The life story that we tell ourselves is what governs our visions, influences our tastes, desires and goals. One of the unique opportunities we have right now in the midst of these crises, is the opportunity to rethink our lives, and make changes that we deeply desire.

A major interruption speaks to deep desires because our usual routines are so out of whack. Funny aside: this common expression assumes that otherwise we are in whack. Who ever thinks of themselves that way? In whack?

Since we are being forced to do things differently right now, it is a perfect time to think about what changes we want to make. Everyone loves a good story and we always have an opportunity to rewrite the ending. So as we construct and create our new normal, we can see ourselves in a whole new light. Changing our story, in other words, is setting a new vision for ourselves and then pursuing it. And this next chapter can be very different, and very satisfying. Notice that closings cause us to work better from home and also to enjoy the simple comforts of home. So how different is a home centered life?

We do need to resume public events both for business and pleasure, but the schedule is obviously in the hands of the governor, so we need to proceed in ways that will work now and later.

Now is a time for dreams to become stories. What have you been imagining with a passion? Are you ready to become that? Or has your vision shifted significantly? What needs to be done next? Clarify the vision? Or jump into action? Right now, we can say that the next chapter of our life will shift our big visions as well as smaller, every day actions.

Is it story time where you live? What is essential now? What is desired now? How would you like to tell the story going forward?

I am always happy to hear from you. I love you and send blessings for a wonderful day to everyone.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Beyond the Pandemic: A Vision

Yes, we are entering into a



 Yes, we are entering into a new dimension I feel. Radical shifts are happening. There is a monkey wrench in the whole thing though, the politicians making the rules. I think we will see a lot of people changing careers and changing how they work.

Gardening and cooking will experience rapid growth as people realize that while they are working at home they can grow fruits, vegetables and herbs in the yard and have fun cooking healthy meals with that. People will still want to go out to eat for the socializing with friends, lovers or business associates and entertainment. The change will come from the market segment that ate out simply because they didn't feel like cooking. People who have been working from home have had to change their eating habits. Back to the roots. When people do this, they get closer in touch with spirit.

I have always enjoyed video calls and encourage people to call that way for readings and sessions because I like to see people when I talk to them. The boom in Zoom is here to stay. People enjoy video calls. They just don't like not being able to go out and having to do that instead. 

For all those who are not TV zombies, an appreciation of home made fun will rise to greater appreciation. Depending on when the powers that be will let us have live music concerts again, we have enjoyed videos of favorites, and others have found new pleasure in playing table games, doing jigsaws, arts & crafts, and making music at home. This is back to the roots too. When we were younger, it was common to get together to play guitars and sing all evening. When people do that they get closer in touch with spirit.

Green will grow in popularity. Since gyms and pools were closed, our way of exercise became going for walks, riding bikes, skateboards, running, and just enjoying the simplicity of bird watching, green buds appearing on trees and shrubs, and people stopping to hug a tree, smell wildflowers and ask questions like what is that plant or bird? They get closer to spirit that way. 

Classifying some work as essential is bound to prompt that same question in everyone's mind. Is only half the work force essential? That question needs to be answered for our own satisfaction and to be able to have successful lives and businesses. Of course, all work is essential. Whether you are cooking a meal, cleaning a house, singing a song, telling funny stories, performing surgeries or working as a truck driver, all work is essential. Whether you are an inventor of a new computer or the keeper of a small neighborhood shop, all work is essential. People get closer to spirit that way. 

Now that the Navy has released videos and reports about UFOs, and it breezed by like nothing, maybe we will get to meet them for real. Maybe instead of odd personal encounters, something will happen between our cultures on some scale of exchange. Think of how many new horizons that will open. 

Dating may become weird if people who met on line cannot meet for coffee or lunch or a drink so first meetings of people who want to have relationships will be over Zoom first. Kind of a new hybrid atmosphere between personal and remote.

What if all sports teams take a year off or play this season to empty stadiums? Will people be less interested after that? Part of the real joy of spectator sports is being able to feel thousands of people get on their feet and shout together for their teams. It is not just who is on the field. It is the fans who make games. Maybe if we get used to doing other things we will see more active people and less spectators. If America didn't have baseball, basketball, football and hockey for the year, it would be a very different country, a very different social atmosphere. Imagine what people might get into if there were no games to watch? 

Will people have more spiritual experiences? Absolutely. Profound experiences. We have recently heard public discussions on people commonly reporting very unusual dreams and interrupted sleep. Spirit talks to us in our dreams. Remember that. Precognition. Previews of coming attractions. Public radio dedicated a whole show to that subject just last week. Spirit is coming through and making itself known. 

Nurses will never be seen the same way again. I love nurses. Nurses are two of my spirit guides who help me do my healing work. Many of the people who call on me as clients are nurses and caregivers. Nurses as a whole are the softer, more holistic side of medicine and healing. Nurses are front line not only in the present emergency sense, many of them combine skills like their medical expertise with energy healing and nutritional and fitness consulting. What if all health care in our country were even more influenced by them? All healers are spiritual in nature. Nurses, doctors, paramedics, medics, all the ones we do not usually view in that light. People who spend a lot of time with the critically ill and dying experience a great deal of spiritual phenomena, which we will hear even more about. The more publicly they share their experiences, the greater insights we will gain on life.

Dr. Larry Dossey in his talk to a near death conference noted that he has been working with death his entire life. He went from a battlefield surgeon in Vietnam to the chief of staff at a major hospital for cancer patients and he noted that during this career, he had many spiritual experiences but it was not a thing people felt comfortable talking about until he and other doctors and nurses started telling their stories, and now more are telling their spiritual experience stories. 

We have suddenly been challenged to find new ways of doing things fast. Some people spread kindness. Others spread paranoia. One of these days in the not too distant future, this experience will just be a story from the past like we now view the Spanish Flu or the Black Plague. And we will be viewing this experience through a new set of eyes. Imagine what kind of world we will be seeing? Imagine what kind of world we will be living in?

In our parents and grandparents time, life changed radically by electricity and travel. In our lifetime, life has changed radically by computers. Every time we have invented new hardware, our thinking and acting changes. 

Decades ago the Le Corbusier, the great architect and author noted that we went from the Wright Brothers to regularly scheduled commercial flights within a span of 60 years because War is a demanding client. What if we are now living in a time when Peace and Healing became the demanding client?ew dimension I feel. Radical shifts are happening. There is a monkey wrench in the whole thing though, the politicians making the rules. I think we will see a lot of people changing careers and changing how they work.

Gardening and cooking will experience rapid growth as people realize that while they are working at home they can grow fruits, vegetables and herbs in the yard and have fun cooking healthy meals with that. People will still want to go out to eat for the socializing with friends, lovers or business associates and entertainment. The change will come from the market segment that ate out simply because they didn't feel like cooking. People who have been working from home have had to change their eating habits. Back to the roots. When people do this, they get closer in touch with spirit.

I have always enjoyed video calls and encourage people to call that way for readings and sessions because I like to see people when I talk to them. The boom in Zoom is here to stay. People enjoy video calls. They just don't like not being able to go out and having to do that instead. 

For all those who are not TV zombies, an appreciation of home made fun will rise to greater appreciation. Depending on when the powers that be will let us have live music concerts again, we have enjoyed videos of favorites, and others have found new pleasure in playing table games, doing jigsaws, arts & crafts, and making music at home. This is back to the roots too. When we were younger, it was common to get together to play guitars and sing all evening. When people do that they get closer in touch with spirit.

Green will grow in popularity. Since gyms and pools were closed, our way of exercise became going for walks, riding bikes, skateboards, running, and just enjoying the simplicity of bird watching, green buds appearing on trees and shrubs, and people stopping to hug a tree, smell wildflowers and ask questions like what is that plant or bird? They get closer to spirit that way. 

Classifying some work as essential is bound to prompt that same question in everyone's mind. Is only half the work force essential? That question needs to be answered for our own satisfaction and to be able to have successful lives and businesses. Of course, all work is essential. Whether you are cooking a meal, cleaning a house, singing a song, telling funny stories, performing surgeries or working as a truck driver, all work is essential. Whether you are an inventor of a new computer or the keeper of a small neighborhood shop, all work is essential. People get closer to spirit that way. 

Now that the Navy has released videos and reports about UFOs, and it breezed by like nothing, maybe we will get to meet them for real. Maybe instead of odd personal encounters, something will happen between our cultures on some scale of exchange. Think of how many new horizons that will open. 

Dating may become weird if people who met on line cannot meet for coffee or lunch or a drink so first meetings of people who want to have relationships will be over Zoom first. Kind of a new hybrid atmosphere between personal and remote.

What if all sports teams take a year off or play this season to empty stadiums? Will people be less interested after that? Part of the real joy of spectator sports is being able to feel thousands of people get on their feet and shout together for their teams. It is not just who is on the field. It is the fans who make games. Maybe if we get used to doing other things we will see more active people and less spectators. If America didn't have baseball, basketball, football and hockey for the year, it would be a very different country, a very different social atmosphere. Imagine what people might get into if there were no games to watch? 

Will people have more spiritual experiences? Absolutely. Profound experiences. We have recently heard public discussions on people commonly reporting very unusual dreams and interrupted sleep. Spirit talks to us in our dreams. Remember that. Precognition. Previews of coming attractions. Public radio dedicated a whole show to that subject just last week. Spirit is coming through and making itself known. 

Nurses will never be seen the same way again. I love nurses. Nurses are two of my spirit guides who help me do my healing work. Many of the people who call on me as clients are nurses and caregivers. Nurses as a whole are the softer, more holistic side of medicine and healing. Nurses are front line not only in the present emergency sense, many of them combine skills like their medical expertise with energy healing and nutritional and fitness consulting. What if all health care in our country were even more influenced by them? All healers are spiritual in nature. Nurses, doctors, paramedics, medics, all the ones we do not usually view in that light. People who spend a lot of time with the critically ill and dying experience a great deal of spiritual phenomena, which we will hear even more about. The more publicly they share their experiences, the greater insights we will gain on life.

Dr. Larry Dossey in his talk to a near death conference noted that he has been working with death his entire life. He went from a battlefield surgeon in Vietnam to the chief of staff at a major hospital for cancer patients and he noted that during this career, he had many spiritual experiences but it was not a thing people felt comfortable talking about until he and other doctors and nurses started telling their stories, and now more are telling their spiritual experience stories. 

We have suddenly been challenged to find new ways of doing things fast. Some people spread kindness. Others spread paranoia. One of these days in the not too distant future, this experience will just be a story from the past like we now view the Spanish Flu or the Black Plague. And we will be viewing this experience through a new set of eyes. Imagine what kind of world we will be seeing? Imagine what kind of world we will be living in?

In our parents and grandparents time, life changed radically by electricity and travel. In our lifetime, life has changed radically by computers. Every time we have invented new hardware, our thinking and acting changes. 

Decades ago the Le Corbusier, the great architect and author noted that we went from the Wright Brothers to regularly scheduled commercial flights within a span of 60 years because War is a demanding client. What if we are now living in a time when Peace and Healing became the demandi